Security fears over Lanka’s Mumbai match

By Damith Wickremesekara

Sri Lanka Cricket has raised issue over the safety of its players when they take on New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai next week.

Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the matter was raised with both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The move follows Indian media reports that the Wankhede Stadium could become a possible terror target. One report spoke of the loss of a laptop which had contained data about the stadium and a sea link, according to Deputy Police Commissioner Cherring Dorje in Mumbai.

However, the Police did not say to whom the laptop belonged. Indian media reports also quoted intelligence agencies as saying that the Wankhede Stadium, scheduled to host three World Cup matches including the final, could become a key target.

Sri Lanka Cricket Security Manager Lawrence Fernando, however, said he had not been informed of possible security threat to the team. "I am responsible for their safety but I have not been told of any additional security measures arising from media reports," the retired major general said.

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